6/27/14 at Oriole Park

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Oriole Park was exactly what I needed. I’d been slumping at Citizens Bank Park, and hadn’t been pulling in the number of balls that I was in 2013. A Friday and Saturday night game in Baltimore would be perfect. Easy batting practices and commemoratives would be the perfect break out performance.

Spoiler. It didn’t happen.

Friday was changed to a doubleheader, and Saturday was the State of the O’s, which basically meant that every Oriole season ticket holder would be at the stadium before the gates opened, but that’s for the next entry.

With lower standards, I hoped to keep up with my recent pace of three baseballs a game, as much as that was down from 2013, or even the beginning of this year, and thankfully, I did.

As soon as the gates opened, there was already action, as a few Rays were down the line.

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I know for sure that the catcher is Scott Cursi, but as you’ll notice in the next few entries, I really don’t know too many Rays pitchers. Anyway, as you can tell, the warning track is really wet in the above picture, so when the pitcher overthrew Cursi, the ball ended up getting wet. You can see it in the picture above right on the edge of the track. Instead of getting a new ball, the pitcher decided to not get a new one and that he was done throwing so Cursi tossed me the ball as he walked in.

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After this, there wasn’t too much going on for a while. IMG_2656

The seats were so empty though. If only it was like that during the weak batting practice that went on the next day…

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I would eventually be able to use the emptiness to my advantage, as a few more Rays came out to throw.

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When Juan Carlos Oviedo (in the foreground of the above picture) finished throwing, it was an uncontested tossup.

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I wasn’t too concerned about only getting a few baseballs, because this was my view for the game.

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At some point, one of the Rays flew out to center field, and Adam Jones was looking for someone to throw the third out ball up to. He looked in my direction, and let the ball fly. I’m not that tall if you can’t tell, so although I tried to jump, the ball ended up going right over my glove.

I was trapped against the railing, so I couldn’t get onto the aisle quick enough, but if I was able to, I probably would have at least came close to the Manny Machado homerun that was two sections over from me. If I had an aisle, I definitely would have been close, but Grant Edrington was able to make the grab of it off of a bounce.

Obviously, losing the two commemoratives stung, but I still wanted to pull at least one more baseball out of the day.

There were no more game used baseballs in our area, but Jett Ruiz did toss up a ball to me when one of the O’s pitchers finished warming up in the bullpen

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STATS

2014- 27 baseballs caught (352 Lifetime)

3.8 Balls per game :(

7 Games

36 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez, Mason Williams and Jesus Tiamo (3X), Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon, David Buchanan, Bob Stumpo, Rod Nichols)

6/25/14 at Citizens Bank Park

At the previous couple of games, things hadn’t really been going my way, so when the Phillies hosted the Marlins on a Wednesday night, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to turn things around. However, the weather forecast seemed to be contradicting towards this, with a strong chance of rain all day. When I got to the stadium though, there was a good sign.

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As you can tell, the cages were set up, and batting practice was set to be a go.

This was a good sign, however, it didn’t mean anything was for certain. When the gates opened, I was ready for some BP.

 

In the half hour between the time I took the above picture and when the gates opened, this happened.

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As you can tell, it wasn’t raining, and in fact, it never did rain.

During this time, there was a lot of confusion going on. What would happen if the game got rained out? What if not a single player came out after the gates opened? Would the game count? After talking to Todd Cook for a little bit, there was still no answer on either my end or his, so we hoped for the best, and waited for the players.

After a while, the grounds crew finally realized the rain was never coming, they pulled the tarp.

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Unfortunately, the highlight of the first hour and a half in the stadium was taking a picture of the new chairs in the Phillies bullpen. You can’t really tell in the shot but on every chair, there was a piece of tape with some writing on it. According to the Phillies broadcast the next day, the writing was the names of old wrestlers. For example, Jake Diekman was Jake the Snake, Mike Adams was Hulk Hogan and Jonathan Papelbon was Ric Flair.

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When Jeff Urgelles came out to work with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he said that he would give me a ball later, which was relieving as I still wasn’t on the board yet.

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Before this would happen, however, there were still other baseballs to be had. I didn’t even need to ask Jesus Tiamo for a baseball, and as usual, I can happily say that he gave me a ball.

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Much to Jesus’ dismay, I wasn’t done with snagging. I had a Marlins jersey on the whole time (even with Jesus) so when Henderson Alvarez finished throwing with Saltalamacchia, I called up to him and got a second tossup. At this point, Jesus knows me by know, and we always talk during the game, so I can accurately guess that he was just joking around. Besides, he knows that I get a bunch of baseballs anyway.

Back to the Alvarez ball, here it is.

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I didn’t leave right field yet, as I wanted to get some pictures of AJ Burnett,

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as well as Giancarlo Stanton.

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Although the seats in right were good, I wouldn’t be staying there for long.

Why?

Left field was beautiful.

With views like this:

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and this

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it was hard to resist.

 

Of course, not even a single baseball came within five sections of me and the Phillies lost.

It was still a nice day out and at least the streak managed to survive a little longer.

My next games after this would be in Baltimore, but we’ll save those for another post.

STATS

2014- 24 baseballs caught (349 Lifetime)

4 Balls per game

6 Games

36 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez, Mason Williams and Jesus Tiamo (3X), Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon, David Buchanan, Bob Stumpo, Rod Nichols)

6/15/14 at Citizens Bank Park

A Summer Sunday (on Father’s Day) with a giveaway is not exactly the best setup for ballhawking, however, there I was, waiting to get into the stadium for a Phillies vs Cubs game.

Obviously, I wouldn’t be putting up huge numbers in this one, so I came in with some low expectations, and the day ended up not being terrible.

When they opened up the gates, nothing was doing in left field so it was off to right, where a few groups of Phillies pitchers were throwing.

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I didn’t end up getting a ball from them so it was off to the bullpen to get pictures of former Oriole Jake Arrieta.

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When he was done throwing, neither he or the bullpen catcher didn’t throw me up a ball. I hung around for a few minutes and my “work” payed off. I was on the board after a Cubs coach tossed me up this baseball.

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Meanwhile, while this was all going on, the Cubs pitchers came out and started throwing.

Most of the guys didn’t throw up their baseballs to the crowd, at least that I saw, but Jason Hammel, who is no longer on the Cubs hooked me up with my second ball of the game.

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After this, it was time to head out to the bullpen. The groundskeepers were taking part of throwback day.

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As were Tiamo and Stumpo.

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… but not tossing up baseballs.

It was the one time I never saw Tiamo throw baseballs to the crowd, but I guess there’s a first for everything.

 

2014- 22 baseballs caught (347 Lifetime)

4.4 Balls per game

5 Games

36 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez, Mason Williams and Jesus Tiamo (3X), Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon, David Buchanan, Bob Stumpo, Rod Nichols)

 

 

 

5/31/14 at Citizens Bank Park

In true Phillies vs. Mets fashion, this was a long and not too exciting day at the park. Kyle Kendrick was pitching, and anyone who has seen him pitch knows what that means. While there would normally be BP, of course the game before had to last until 12:30 am, but at least the Phils took a victory out of that one.

David Buchanan, one of the Reading Fightin Phils I met on July 6th last year was throwing in the bullpen, so I decided I’d try to get some pictures of him.

AJ Burnett, however had other ideas

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Jesus Tiamo was out there, and he got his normal tossup out of the way earlier than usual. I asked Buchanan for a ball but instead, Tiamo grabbed one and flipped it up. Whatever, I’m not complaining. As Hawk Harrelson says, YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD YESSSS.

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Once Buchanan finished throwing, the bullpen cleared out and all of the pitchers started hanging out down the line. There wasn’t much of a formal long toss however, as only a few groups of guys came out. Amongst that group was Jeffery Manship.

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I got a few autographs, but I don’t really care about them, I’d much rather get baseballs. That wouldn’t be an issue however, as Manship helped me out. He left his baseball in his glove down the line when he was signing autographs and saw that I wasn’t using a MLB ball (No, I don’t like to get real baseballs signed). He ran over to his glove and put a new baseball in it, which I didn’t want to photograph as it would look obnoxious in front of him. Of course, I forgot to take the picture later so you’ll have to believe me, or ask Brendan Weingarten. He was there.

Later on, the Mets pitchers came down the line to throw, which would be normally at least two baseballs but of course a few hundred Met fans of some little fan club they have decided to take a bus trip to CBP (this is a real “invasion”, by the way). I don’t think that this is proper enough of a medium to describe the amount of people in the seats, so I guess they get some respect. Jerry Mejia was the only person to flip up a baseball (at least that I saw) and guess who got it?

Me.

There were literally a few hundred Met fans there, and the one Phillie fan walked away with a baseball.

I almost didn’t though. The throw hit the bottom of the tarp, and quite frankly, I was pretty concerned that it would bounce into another direction. Mejia walked over and flipped it up, this time the throw was a little more accurate.

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One of the pitchers throwing was Bartolo Colon, who is pretty awesome. I got a few pictures of him.

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Another note of interest from this picture: the time was 1:46. Basically everything that happened ballhawking wise was in the first half hour of the gates opening. They opened at 1:05. As for the next hour?

There was a lot of nothing.

After the hour, Bob Stumpo was signing autographs. I also got Tiamo and bullpen coach Rod Nichols to sign. It was one of those days where getting autographs didn’t even seem like a waste of time. For some people, the main intention of going to games is to get autographs, and I get that they like that, but I don’t see the excitement out of it that some do. I guess to each its own.

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The game itself wasn’t terrible until the 14th inning. The Phillies rallied in the late innings, and managed to survive until the 14th, or in other words, when Antonio Bastardo came in (go figure). Long story short, the Mets won.

STATS

2014- 20 baseballs caught (345 Lifetime)

5 Balls per game

4 Games

36 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez, Mason Williams and Jesus Tiamo (3X), Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon, David Buchanan, Bob Stumpo, Rod Nichols)

 

I have a few Phillies games coming up in the next couple of weeks, but will also be in Baltimore for three games on June 27th and 28th. That should be fun.

5/4/14 at Citizens Bank Park

The weekend started the day before, at Arm and Hammer Park. We were driving home from New Hope, and decided to run by the stadium for five minutes, in an attempt to get a ball.

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About 10 minutes later, I was in the right field corner, and Pat Venditte walked over with this.

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I didn’t even have a glove, so after this, I left.

 

Moving on to Sunday, it was raining on-and-off and the odds of batting practice happening were becoming lower and lower by the minute. So, when I walked by Ashburn Alley, imagine the surprise when I saw the cage set up.

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Since it was a Sunday, the whole stadium opened at the same time, but I still started in left center field, where Mike Adams was. He gave the first few balls to young kids, but eventually flipped one up to me.

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After that, it was off to the Wedge in right field, where Jake Diekman was.

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When a ball went out to the warning track, he flipped it up to me.

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Due to the rain, the stadium was still pretty empty and there was a lot of room in right field.

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There was only one home run, and due to a bunch of bounces, it ended up no where near me.

 

Down the left field line, the Nationals pitchers were throwing.

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I didn’t get a ball from them, and I almost didn’t get a ball at all, but Tony Tarasco, picked up a ball that was hit by a Nat. He was going to throw it to a girl, but she had one in her hand already, so he gave it to me instead.

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Once again, I went to right field, this time for the Nationals.

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A pitcher (I don’t know who, I can’t recognize half of the Nats) gave me my fourth baseball of the game.

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This pitcher was in the right field corner, when he gave me a ball that I didn’t remember to take a picture of.

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After BP, Jesus was out in the bullpen, signing autographs…

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… and throwing out baseballs

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Roberto Hernandez was the starter for the game…

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… and Jayson Werth, the despised former Phillie was out in right field…

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…and hours later, it was over.

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STATS

2014- 17 baseballs caught (342 Lifetime)

5.6 Balls per game

3 Games

30 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez, Mason Williams and Jesus Tiamo (2X))

Bold indicates MLB

4/17/14 at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies were hosting a businessperson’s special, and with free tickets from the Fightin Phils Fan Club, there was no way that I would pass up the opportunity to go to the game.

With a 1 PM start, gates would open at 11 AM, due to the fact that the team pushed back gate opening times for this season.

As usual, I was the first person at the gate before it was open.

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I wasn’t expecting any batting practice to take place, so I was wearing my Braves gear, but when the gates were opened, I saw that the batting practice cages were set up, so I rushed to get my Phillies gear on, however, when I got to the seating bowl, I saw Braves pitchers throwing, so I frantically changed again.

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At this game, I was using a new glove, which I was pretty sure had been broken in enough. When a Braves pitcher threw me a ball, it went in and out of my glove and into the moat where the foul pole is.

Jonny Venters walked by, and I told him what had happened, so he went to get me a new ball, which also fell into the gap.

The third ball wasn’t dropped, but that’s because he overthrew me by a few rows. It did roll down however, and I was finally on the board. (That’s my old glove, which I also brought to the game with me incase this happened, by the way)

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The glove trick wasn’t working, because the balls kind of wedged under the railing, so an usher jumped down and handed them both to me.

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So, if you think about it, if I would have caught the first ball, Venters would have never thrown the other two, and at that point, I would have only had one ball, not three.

In left field, I got one ball, a Jake Diekman tossup, which I gave away so it doesn’t count towards my totals.

 

Since left field was dead, I went to right field, where a Phillie hit a ball to the warning track

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I called  to Mike Adams, who walked over…

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…. and threw me the ball, which my old glove cleanly caught.

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The Phillies only hit one home run, and the Braves didn’t even hit, but I’m not arguing because I didn’t even expect partial BP at this game.

Jesus Tiamo, and new bullpen catcher Bob Stumpo, walked out to the pen, like they normally do before a game, however, Tiamo was probably not expecting a “TIAMO 81″ name and number shirt of his waiting to be signed. He did come through, though.

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He also gave me two balls, one of which was given away, so it obviously won’t count.

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AJ Burnett was starting for the Phils

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I was sitting in the last row of section 102, which is great, because it has this view of the bullpens.

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What were they all staring at?

The scoreboard, as Ryne Sandberg was challenging a call

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Although the call went in favor of the Phillies, the Braves, down 1-0 in the ninth had Craig Kimbrel throwing in the pen.IMG_1989

 

After Jonathan Papelbon notched the save, Eddie Perez tossed me up the ball Kimbrel was using, my last of the game.

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STATS

2014- Ten baseballs caught (335 Lifetime)

5 Balls per game

2 Games

29 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez and Mason Williams, Jesus Tiamo)

Bold indicates MLB

 

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4/1/14 at Arm and Hammer Park

Another year, another season.  On April 1st, the Trenton Thunder hosted some sort of open practice session at their stadium, starting at 3pm. At 2:45pm, when I got to the stadium, the team was already throwing, and I went down the right field foul line.

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When Jeremy Bleich and his throwing partner were finishing up throwing, I asked if he could give me a baseball, and he ignored me, however, Pat Venditte thought I was talking to him, and told me he’d help me out.

Venditte’s partner overthrew him, and Venditte asked if I could get the ball, and I walked down the river walk, without finding the ball.

When Venditte’s partner overthrew him again, he had another ball with him, so he flipped me up #326 lifetime, and the first of the season.

Here it is, with Venditte in the background.

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By this point, the gates were opened for 15 minutes or so, and I started heading to the stadium, when I noticed something in the river bank.  It was a baseball, which had to have been the Venditte overthrow, as BP hadn’t started and  I’d been at the stadium since before the pitchers were throwing.

It looks like it hit off of some fence, maybe the bullpen’s or play zone’s or even the gate down the line. Although most balls roll down to the river, it got lodged under a stick, and a construction worker climbed over, and handed me the ball

 

Here’s the diagram:

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And the ball itself:

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Once I got in, the position players, such as Rob Segedin were getting ready to take BP.

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The Thunder were debuting their new Diamond Era hats and blue sleeved batting practice jersey

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And shortly after this, batting practice was under way.

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Zach Wilson was up, and he was hitting a few balls into left field. Although Charlie Short didn’t toss me up one of them, Wilson hit a foul ball, which I didn’t at the time see and it hit off of the fence by the bullpen, before rolling over three sections. Since everyone in attendance was waiting for autographs on the other side of the field, I was able to snap this picture,

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And pick up my first batted ball of the year.

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A few minutes later, Carmen Angelini hit a homer over the fence in left. No one was outside of the stadium going for balls, so I was able to leave the park, and after a minute or so of walking on the sidewalk, I saw this by the bushes.

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This was my last baseball of the day.

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The team was having some sort of autograph thing and I took this panorama when they were setting up.

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Normally, I couldn’t be bothered with autographs, but I figured that I’d might as well stay, and I got the whole team on a ball.

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STATS

2014- Four baseballs caught (329 Lifetime)

4 Balls per game

1 Game

28 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez and Mason Williams)

Opening Day 2014

With the Phillies 14-10 win over the Texas Rangers today, the MLB season is officially underway (at least for me). And tomorrow is my first game, although it really isn’t a game. I’ll be at the Trenton Thunder batting practice session.

I felt as if this is a good time to wrap up the offseason.

So, here’s what happened over the offseason.

11/29/13 at Citizens Bank Park— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/22/112913-at-citizens-bank-park/

2013 Season in Review April- May— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/23/2013-season-in-review-april-may/

2013 Season in Review June-July— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/24/2013-season-in-review-june-july/

2013 Season in Review August-September— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/24/2013-season-in-review-august-september/

2013 Season in Review: WordPress Edition— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/31/2013-in-review-wordpress-edition/

2013 Thank-You, 2013 Edition— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2013/12/31/thank-you-everybody-2013-edition/

2014 Goals— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2014/01/01/2014-ballhawking-goals/

BallhawkFest 2014 Part 1— http://htishler.mlblogs.com/2014/02/28/mygameballs-ballhawkfest-71914-at-nationals-park-part-1/

 

New blog entry should be up Tuesday

MyGameBalls BallhawkFest, 7/19/14 at Nationals Park (Part 1)

Baseball has started. The first baseballs have been caught. Tickets are being purchased. And while scheduling your season, one date to put aside is July 19th. For the fourth time, this event will be occurring and this year, it will be at Nationals Park. The game starts at 7 PM, with gates opening at 4:30 and the Brewers are in town. After the game, the Nationals will be offering a post game concert, and myGameBalls will also have some events planned for members such as:

- The annual luncheon. We will be eating a quick, cheap lunch near the stadium. In past years, this luncheon has included door prizes such as promotional items and team apparel. At this time, shirts will be distributed as well and 2013 myGameBalls.com award winners will be presented with their prizes.

- The BallhawkFest Home Run Derby. Although some may claim that this is just a Rick Sporcic showcase (he hit 25 homers or so in last year’s event), the derby is fun for everybody. We are broken into teams and try to score as many points as possible over a seven inning span.

- The first “Ballhawk Skills Challenge”. I’m not quite sure what this is as we’ve never done it before so I’m just copying Alan Shuster’s e-mai into this “1) Ball retriever — Fastest time to retrieve 3 balls (balls placed on
ground while ballhawk stands on top of back row of bleachers)

2) Speed — 10 Cones laid out in a zig-zag pattern with a ball placed next
to each.  Ballhawk will run down each ball and place in backpack.  Fastest
time wins.

3) Toss-Ups — Ballhawk runs down a line of 5 people wearing MLB Jerseys
and must use the player’s first name and “please” to get a toss-up.
Fastest time wins.  Ballhawk can use a “cheat sheet”.  (I’m hoping to use
Ben Weil’s massive jersey collection for this)

4) Snagging flies — Most flies snagged during the BallhawkFest HR Derby
wins (we’ll have to come up with some way to avoid people jumping in front
of each other and someone getting hurt)”

So, there you have it everyone. BallhawkFest 2014: Be There! For more information, you can ask me.

If you’d like to go, email admin@mygameballs.com today. It’s free!*

If you’d like to be verified on myGameBalls, email phiballhawk@gmail.com

*Except for transportation, game ticket, lunch, optional t-shirt and a small donation (under $10) for the field for our festivities.

 

And finally, the Phillies have a great new rewards program, which can be found at http://phanaticalrewards.com/s/x34k2

2014 Ballhawking Goals

Happy 2014, everyone! On New Years, everybody makes resolutions so I figured I would post mine. Last year, I wrote this entry in March but, i have some stuff planned for that time so I figured New Years would be perfect. First off, I’m going to assess my goals from 2013 and see how I did.

I wanted to get 154 balls, or an average of seven in 22 games. I averaged a little over 8, but in 19 games so, I was one baseball under my goal, with 153. That’s a little disappointing.

I wanted 150 autographs, which I was convinced I could get for some reason. If you haven’t inferred this from my other entries, I DO NOT collect autographs and in fact, I try to avoid places where there will be autographs because it gets too crowded and lowers my chance to get baseballs. Needless to say, I failed at this goal miserably

I’m not quite sure how t approach this finally one. I said I wanted three commemorative baseballs, which depending on how you look at it, I did succeed in. I got 3 Mets 50th anniversary balls on September 21st, 2013. I didn’t make it clear on if they had to be different so I’m going to say, yes, I succeeded in this goal.

 

2014 Goals

Go to 8 stadiums- If my plan goes correctly, this should work out. I will definitely be in Philadelphia and Trenton and there is a 90% chance I’m going to Oriole Park, Nationals Park, Citi Field, Coca Cola Park, Coca Cola Field and First Energy Park

Average 8 baseballs per game- This wasn’t a challenge for me last year so I would like  to keep this average up to at least 8.

Snag 160 baseballs- I think I’ll be at 20 games next year so if the previous goal works, this one will too.

Two commemorative baseballs- I’m seeing the Cubs in Philadelphia and I’ll be in Baltimore for a few weekend so I’ll have a few chances to snag commemoratives. To clear up, they don’t have to be different stamps, just different baseballs.

15 autographs- This shouldn’t be too hard because if I happen to see a player signing, I’lll go for an autograph. I got 20 last year so I think this is fair.

Three game balls- 3rd out balls do not count, just fouls and home runs.

And with that, I leave you. Go out and enjoy 2014 everyone! Make the best of this new year.

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